Big questions linger after The Day Before release date is delayed again for unusual reasons.
The Day Before Release Date Dramas Add a New Chapter to a Strange Tale
The Day Before was once the most wishlisted game on Steam, and for quite a while. But that was before two factors dragged it from the top spot: the bewitching power of the Harry Potter-verse... and the fact that it is no longer on Steam at all. Can't lose a race if you're no longer in the running, after all.
A series of unusual events have transpired over the last week which has left many people scratching their heads. In case you forgot, the The Day Before release date was supposed to be March of this year. This was following a delay caused by migrating to Unreal Engine 5.
But now, a copyright strike against the name "The Day Before" has prompted its removal from Steam, and developer Fntastic announcing that this would cause a further 9-month delay.
The fact that "The Day Before" has been copyrighted is not in question. The trademark application was filed by an individual, namely Sun Jae Lee, months after the MMO was officially announced. Why Lee did so is baffling. But why Fntastic didn't get there before is even more so.
Despite this, a Tweet by Fntastic claims that they didn't discover that the name had been trademarked by an individual until January 19th, 2023, when Lee reached out to Fntastic with a complaint. Nearly two years after the fact. "As a result, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the launch to November 10."
As we said before, we don't begrudge any developer for delaying their game until it's truly fit for release. But even the game's Discord server mods are beginning to express their doubts, thanks to the as-yet undelivered promise of an extended gameplay trailer which has also apparently been delayed by the legal troubles.
"Those who wonder, if the game is real, I'm wondering the same right now as well...nobody saw the gameplay." Said one Discord moderator.
It's worth noting that all we've seen so far is a scripted trailer, with just weeks before the The Day Before release date. And it's not the first time that Fntastic's promises have come into question since the first delay. But we will, of course, reserve judgement for now until this strange turn of events irons itself out.